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Author - Terry Pratchett
In The Light Fantastic, one of the characters is transformed into an orangutan.

Author - Terry Pratchett

Terence David John Pratchett was born in Buckinghamshire in 1948. He wrote his first story, The Hades Business, (also known as Business Rivals) while still at school, and it was later published in the magazine Science Fantasy. After leaving school Pratchett worked as a journalist and also as a press officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board, before his first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983.

Terry Pratchett went on to write 41 Discworld novels and 14 other novels. In addition he wrote countless short stories and, together with Stephen Baxter, also wrote the Long Earth book series. He died on the morning of 12th March 2015 from Alzheimer's disease which he had suffered from for 8 years.

Without Terry Pratchett we could never have enjoyed the antics of Rincewind, Lord Rust and Nanny Ogg but where do they all fit into the magical worlds he created? See if you know by playing this quiz.

1.
What is the title of Pratchett's first Discworld novel, published in 1983?
The Colour of Magic
The Colour of Mayhem
The Colour of Monsters
The Colour of Moondust
In his 1985 talk Why Gandalf Never Married, Pratchett said that The Colour of Magic was "an attempt to do for the classical fantasy universe what Blazing Saddles did for Westerns"
2.
What is the name of the incompetent wizard in several of the Discworld novels?
Badwind
Grimwind
Hogwind
Rincewind
He's a failed student at the Unseen University for wizards
3.
Until his death in 2001, who provided the art work for the covers of all Discworld novels sold in the UK?
Josh Kenny
Josh Kerry
Josh Ketley
Josh Kirby
He also designed the posters for Monty Python's Life of Brian
4.
Published in 1992, what is the title of the first novel in Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell Trilogy?
Only He Can Save Mankind
Only I Can Save Mankind
Only We Can Save Mankind
Only You Can Save Mankind
The other two books in the trilogy are Johnny and the Dead and Johnny and the Bomb
5.
What honour did Pratchett receive in 1998 for services to literature?
MBE
OBE
CBE
KBE
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted in 2009
6.
In the Discworld novel The Light Fantastic, The Librarian is transformed into what type of creature?
A baboon
A chimpanzee
A gorilla
An orangutan
He refuses to be transformed back into a human
7.
What is the title of Pratchett's 1976 comic science fiction novel?
The Dark Side of the Earth
The Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Sun
The Dark Side of the Universe
It's about an alien race called the Jokers
8.
Which novel in the Johnny Maxwell series was adapted into a three-part TV series starring Zoe Wanamaker, Frank Finlay and Keith Barron?
Johnny and the Bomb
Johnny and the Dead
Johnny and the Gun
Johnny and the Sun
There are a few differences between the book and the TV series, one of which being that the series renames Stephen 'Wobbler' Johnson as Walter
9.
Which villain appears in the Discworld novels Men At Arms, Jingo and Night Watch?
Lord Rat
Lord Root
Lord Rude
Lord Rust
Lord Rust is an Ankh-Morpork nobleman whose first name is Ronald
10.
What is the name of the witch, based on Nannie Slagg from Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast series, who appears in several Discworld novels?
Nanny Ogg
Nanny Slogg
Nanny Slugg
Nanny Ugg
Nanny Ogg was featured on Royal Mail first-class stamps in March 2011

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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